Integrated Information Theory A Promising but Ultimately Incomplete Theory of Consciousness

Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (11-12):11-12 (2011)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Tononi has proposed a fundamental theory of consciousness he terms Integrated Information Theory (IIT). IIT purports to explain the quantity of conscious experience by linking it with integrated information: information shared by the system as a whole and quantified by adopting a modified version of Shannon's definition of information. Since the fundamental aspect of IIT is information the theory allows for the multiple realizability of consciousness. While there are several concepts within IIT that need further theoretical development, the main failings of the theory are an absence of a link between conscious experience and awareness and the use of Shannon's limited data based definition of information. These limitations prevent the theory from satisfying Chalmers' principles of structural coherence and organizational invariance which any functionalist theory should obey. It is not clear whether IIT can be repaired without simply reducing the theory to a general statement of computational functionalism.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,323

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

A simple theory of promising.David Owens - 2006 - Philosophical Review 115 (1):51-77.
The same-order monitoring theory of consciousness.Uriah Kriegel - 2006 - In Uriah Kriegel & Kenneth Williford (eds.), Self-Representational Approaches to Consciousness. MIT Press. pp. 143--170.
Frege's theory of incomplete entities.Michael David Resnik - 1965 - Philosophy of Science 32 (3/4):329-341.
Quantum Approaches to Consciousness.Harald Atmanspacher - 2006 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The case for integrated intelligence.Marcus Anthony - 2008 - World Futures 64 (4):233 – 253.
An integrated field theory of consciousness.Marcel Kinsbourne - 1988 - In Anthony J. Marcel & E. Bisiach (eds.), Consciousness in Contemporary Science. Oxford University Press.
Neural activation, information, and phenomenal consciousness.Max Velmans - 1999 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (1):172-173.
Decision theory for agents with incomplete preferences.Adam Bales, Daniel Cohen & Toby Handfield - 2014 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (3):453-70.


Added to PP

153 (#124,891)

6 months
18 (#144,858)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?